Editor’s Selections: Bacteria that tear themselves apart, attack of the giant Archaea, and measles – not such a measly diseaseSeptember 24th, 2010 Editor's Selections 2 Comments
Vincent Racaniello selects several notable posts each week from molecular and cellular biology and virology. He blogs at virology blog.
- An important protein involved in bacterial cell division is FtsZ, which separates one cell into two by forming a ring of protein around the middle. The discovery that certain Chlamydia do not encode FtsZ proteins lead to the finding of completely different mechanisms of cell division.
- Archaea are under-rated. But they are everywhere, and have profound effects on our planet. They are unlike anything else on earth, and interact with other species. Learn about them!
- Measles, caused by a virus, is one of the most contagious diseases known. It can have serious consequences, including death, which is why immunization to prevent infection is a very good idea.
I’ll be back next Friday with more selections.